MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

By MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is a year-round, coeducational, multicultural college preparatory program for high school youth who reside in Cambridge.

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program
This program runs during the school year.
Monday through Friday.

Our school year program will run September - June, exact dates and time are TBD. Typically we meet from 3PM & 7PM (times are subject to change).

Ages: 13 to 18.

Grades 9th grade through 12th grade.

Cambridge residents only.

Applicant must meet the federal low-income guidelines and/or be first-generation to attend college. Additionally, an applicant must live in Cambridge, Massachusetts and/or be enrolled at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) or be a rising ninth grader registered for enrollment there in the fall.

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Lariana "Kelly" Galvao
Program Specialist

Application required

  • Specific dates
Wednesday, February 1 – Monday, May 1

UB Student Pre-Application

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Applications from students in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades are accepted annually primarily from September 1st to December 15th. However, current high school students may apply at any time throughout the year.
Applications from students in the eighth grade are accepted annually from February 1st to May 1st. Interested applicants should complete the UB Student Pre-Application.

Please complete and submit all materials in a timely manner to avoid delays in processing. An interview and initial academic assessment are required as part of the application process.



  • Both in-person and virtual (online or over the phone).

MIT Museum, Gambrill Center

314 Main Street
Building E-28
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

Area 2, East Cambridge, and The Port
Summer Program Site (when in residence),

Wellesley College,
106 Central Street
Wellesley , MA 02481
United States

Outside Cambridge
  • Transportation provided to the venue; see notes below.
  • Transportation provided from the venue; see notes below.

The academic year, after school, session operates on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from September through June. The six-week summer session, when residential, takes place on the campus of Wellesley College from late June through early August.

Transportation services are provided during the summer session only.

Additional information

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is a year-round, coeducational, multicultural college preparatory program for high school youth who reside in Cambridge, MA and/or attend Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS). The program serves students from low-income backgrounds and from families where parents have not had the opportunity to attend college and/or graduate with a 4-year degree. The main goal of the program is to motivate participants to continue on to post-secondary education.

Participants attend supervised study sessions and tutorials, for a minimum of four (4) hours per week, at MIT. Participants must meet with Program staff regularly to review their academic progress and participation performance. Additionally, the Program provides college admissions, financial aid, and career advising and workshops to participants and their parents. Lastly, we again seek to balance the Program's activities by offering a number of diverse cultural and recreational events and field trips.